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Trump allies want to “Make America First in AI” with sweeping executive order

Trump allies want to “Make America First in AI” with sweeping...

Enlarge / Former US President Donald Trump during a campaign event at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, Florida, US, on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. Allies of former President Donald Trump have reportedly drafted a sweeping AI executive order that aims to boost military technology and reduce regulations on AI development, The Washington Post…
Rite Aid says breach exposes sensitive details of 2.2 million customers

Rite Aid says breach exposes sensitive details of 2.2 million customers

Enlarge / Rite Aid logo displayed at one of its stores.Getty Images Rite Aid, the third biggest US drug store chain, said that more than 2.2 million of its customers have been swept into a data breach that stole personal information, including driver's license numbers, addresses, and dates of birth. The company said in mandatory…
Former OpenAI researcher’s new company will teach you how to build an LLM

Former OpenAI researcher’s new company will teach you how to build...

On Tuesday, former OpenAI researcher Andrej Karpathy announced the formation of a new AI learning platform called Eureka Labs. The venture aims to create an "AI native" educational experience, with its first offering focused on teaching students how to build their own large language model (LLM). "It's still early days but I wanted to announce…
Here’s how carefully concealed backdoor in fake AWS files escaped mainstream notice

Here’s how carefully concealed backdoor in fake AWS files escaped mainstream...

Researchers have determined that two fake AWS packages downloaded hundreds of times from the open source NPM JavaScript repository contained carefully concealed code that backdoored developers' computers when executed. The packages—img-aws-s3-object-multipart-copy and legacyaws-s3-object-multipart-copy—were attempts to appear as aws-s3-object-multipart-copy, a legitimate JavaScript library for copying files using Amazon’s S3 cloud service. The fake files included all…
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott thinks LLM “scaling laws” will hold despite criticism

Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott thinks LLM “scaling laws” will hold despite...

Enlarge / Kevin Scott, CTO and EVP of AI at Microsoft speaks onstage during Vox Media's 2023 Code Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel on September 27, 2023 in Dana Point, California. During an interview with Sequoia Capital's Training Data podcast published last Tuesday, Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott doubled down on his belief that so-called…
Google makes it easier for users to switch on advanced account protection

Google makes it easier for users to switch on advanced account...

Getty Images Google is making it easier for people to lock down their accounts with strong multifactor authentication by adding the option to store secure cryptographic keys in the form of passkeys rather than on physical token devices. Google’s Advanced Protection Program, introduced in 2017, requires the strongest form of multifactor authentication (MFA). Whereas many…
OpenAI reportedly nears breakthrough with “reasoning” AI, reveals progress framework

OpenAI reportedly nears breakthrough with “reasoning” AI, reveals progress framework

OpenAI recently unveiled a five-tier system to gauge its advancement toward developing artificial general intelligence (AGI), according to an OpenAI spokesperson who spoke with Bloomberg. The company shared this new classification system on Tuesday with employees during an all-hands meeting, aiming to provide a clear framework for understanding AI advancement. However, the system describes hypothetical…
Exim vulnerability affecting 1.5 million servers lets attackers attach malicious files

Exim vulnerability affecting 1.5 million servers lets attackers attach malicious files

More than 1.5 million email servers are vulnerable to attacks that can deliver executable attachments to user accounts, security researchers said. The servers run versions of the Exim mail transfer agent that are vulnerable to a critical vulnerability that came to light 10 days ago. Tracked as CVE-2024-39929 and carrying a severity rating of 9.1…
First “Miss AI” contest sparks ire for pushing unrealistic beauty standards

First “Miss AI” contest sparks ire for pushing unrealistic beauty standards

Enlarge / An AI-generated image of "Miss AI" award winner "Kenza Layli" (left) and an unidentified AI-generated woman beside her. An influencer platform called Fanvue recently announced the results of its first "Miss AI" pageant, which sought to judge AI-generated social media influencers and also doubled as a convenient publicity stunt. The "winner" is a…
Intuit’s AI gamble: Mass layoff of 1,800 paired with hiring spree

Intuit’s AI gamble: Mass layoff of 1,800 paired with hiring spree

On Wednesday, Intuit CEO Sasan Goodarzi announced in a letter to the company that it would be laying off 1,800 employees—about 10 percent of its workforce of around 18,000—while simultaneously planning to hire the same number of new workers as part of a major restructuring effort purportedly focused on AI. "As I’ve shared many times,…

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